Jason Denk

Manitowoc Noon Rotary Officer of the Year

Officer Jason Denk

We would like to congratulate Officer Jason Denk for being nominated and selected as the Manitowoc Police Department’s 2016 Noon Rotary Officer of the Year!

Officer Denk has been with our police department since July of 2007 working the midnight shift. In addition, to his normal patrol duties, Officer Denk has been involved with our Field Training Program, Bike Patrol Program, TRACS Program, department’s monthly maintenance/cleaning of department’s rifles, assists our Detective Bureau and Metro Drug with the collection of evidence from electronics, and has even become our “Dear Dave” expert consistently updating officers/supervisors on new case law.  In addition, he and his wife, Jena, participated with the “Shop with a Cop” Program and has become a lead instructor with our Citizen’s Academy.

In the nomination letter written by his supervisors, Officer Denk was recognized for his command presence which has never been about flaunting his authority over others, but rather, earning the respect of the public by always being polite and professional to our citizens, with a truly service oriented spirit about him.  Officer Denk is a “pro-active” officer who “makes things happen.”   He is one of our most aggressive pursuers of wanted fugitives and has repeatedly found innovative and creative ways to discover new clues about where our local fugitives are hiding out!!

We would also like to recognize both Officer John Bennett and Detective Dave McCue who, based on their excellent performance over the past year, were also nominated for this distinguished award.

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Manitowoc Eagles Club Officer of the Year

Officer Jeffrey Hyler

The Manitowoc Police Department is very pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2015 Eagles Club Police Officer of the Year Award is Officer Jeffrey Hyler. This was the second year in a row that Officer Hyler was nominated for this prestigious award. Officer Hyler has served on the Manitowoc Police Department since August of 1993. He was initially assigned as a third shift patrolman where he spent the first eight years of his career. He also did one year of second shift patrol. Officer Hyler applied for and was chosen as our department's Metro Drug Officer where he assisted the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit for three years. He has since spent the past decade assigned to dayshift patrol. Other activities that Officer Hyler has participated in while serving the Manitowoc Police Department include being a D.A.R.E. Instructor, Assisting with the Citizen's Academy, Bike Patrol, Field Training Officer, Vehicle Contact Instructor, E.V.O.C. and D.A.A.T. Instructor.
In the past years, Officer Hyler has volunteered his time to help coach girls' softball in Francis Creek, chaperone dances for the school system, assisted with coaching of the Lincoln High School Girls Junior Varsity Basketball Program, as well as the Freshman Girls Basketball Programs at both Wilson Jr. High School and Washington Jr. High School. Officer Hyler has not only lead but continues to lead many presentations at our local Junior High Schools. He has taught students on such various topics as: Civil War Weaponry, Civil War Currency, Grand Army of the Republic, World War I and "Magic" Gaming. By presenting his knowledge to these students, Officer Hyler ensures that our students understand and appreciate our nation's history and the sacrifice our soldiers have given.

For several years now Officer Hyler has met with the Manitowoc County Civil War Round Table (MCCWRT) and participates in the many activities they sponsor. Officer Hyler currently serves as President of the MCCWRT Board of Directors and leads the monthly meetings for their organization.

One of the events Officer Hyler recently participated in included the Grand Army of the Republic Flagpole Dedication in Evergreen Cemetery. This ceremony took place after it was discovered that the GAR flagpole was in disarray and needed replacing. Another major event that Officer Hyler helped organize and participate in was the "Lincoln Weekend," which commemorated the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the death of President Lincoln. This event, which took place in April 2015, included such things as the "Search for the Conspirators", "Lincoln's Funeral Train", and a "Dinner and Theater" evening.

And finally, if all that wasn't enough, Officer Hyler has even found time to volunteer as a committee member with our local Boy Scouts Troop 915. It is for all of these reasons that we are very honored to present Officer Jeffrey Hyler as this year's recipient of the Eagles Club Police Officer of the Year Award.